I've got a whole city to hold down

April 15, 2005

Two down, 68 to go

It's looking more like Chicagopalooza will actually get a permit. They've sold 2,000 weekend passes already. And now we know of two (count 'em) acts the fest has apparently booked: Widespread Panic, who let slip word of the gig on their Web site, and the reunited Dinosaur Jr, whose publicist included a July 24 Grant Park date in a tour announcement released this morning.

For those keeping score at home, the identities of just 68 other Lolla acts remain unknown. (And for those placing bets on the very active Chicagopalooza futures market, Chimzk's own Lazlo Hollyfeld recommends the Pixies and the White Stripes.)

Update: According to the band's Web site, Weezer is in.

Also the Kaiser Chiefs.

Four, 66.

April 14, 2005

Ear to the ground

The hip hop MP3 blog We Eat So Many Shrimp has a nice piece on Chi MC Swing, placing him in the context of near-north gentrification and the city-sanctioned razing of Cabrini-Green. Apparently his track "Push On Em" (which you'll find posted to the Shrimp) is blazing up some mixtapes. Beyond that, though, we don't know much (okay, anything) about the guy. Readers?

April 13, 2005

IPO on tap

Chicago's annual incarnation of the International Pop Overthrow festival starts this Friday, 4/15, and runs at various local clubs through Sunday, 5/1.

To help us get a handle on some of the cream of this more-than-170-act crop, we're pleased to present the picks of professional pop handicapper Michael Bennett. As we've mentioned here before, Mike publishes the weekly Chicago Pop Show Report, to which you may subscribe and receive in your e-mail gratis, and he also reviews records for

We'll publish Mike's recommendations in two parts, one now and another next week. Take it away, Mike:

April 15 – Beat Kitchen. Kelly’s Heels are a splendid British power pop band whose most recent release is a sparkling compilation. Former Material Issue bassist and a reliable performer in his own right, Ted Ansani headlines.

April 16 – Gunther Murphy’s. (evening) Highlights include a reunited the Sun Sawed in 1/2, who are in the vein of Jellyfish; Sparkwood, a Texas band that plays sweet pop with clever lyrics a la Fountains Of Wayne, the Orange Peels and Cherry Twister; and the Elms, who tour incessantly playing basic power pop with both Who and Tom Petty overtones.

April 17 – Subterranean. (evening) Heathrow seems to have been weaned on Oasis and Pulp. Localite Dag Juhlin is always a safe bet. Trolley is a solid mod-rock outfit from Milwaukee.

April 18 – Schubas. Arthur Yoria’s stuff is similar to David Garza’s sophisticated pop-rock. Cameron McGill is a local up-and-comer [Ed.: Isn't that what they've been saying for years now?], and My Record Player is fronted by Dolly Varden guitarist Mark Balletto.

April 19 – Wise Fool’s Pub. Classic power pop with strong vocals from Chris Richards and the Subtractions. Phil Angotti and the Idea have a heavy ‘60s Brit-pop orientation. Jeremy is both a ball of energy and a great guitarist.

April 20 – Wise Fool’s Pub. This night features ‘90s pop vets 92 Degrees, the pub-rock pop of the Webstirs and Angeleno Barry Holdship, an ace vocalist with a ‘50s bent and a pedigree--his brother wrote for Creem back in the ‘80s.

April 21 – Beat Kitchen. A tough night, since one of pop's patron saints, Chris Stamey, is playing a non-IPO show at the Abbey. But on the festival side, Frisbie is the highlight--I’ve heard two new demos, and they sound as good as ever.

April 12, 2005

Look familiar?

The Internerds of I Love Music give us Album Covers Shot on the Streets of Chicago.

Time Out: One-month report card

Time Out Chicago's been on the street for roughly a month now, and we're curious: Have you bought a copy yet? Checked out their Web site?

If so, what do you think of the music coverage?

Jump in and discuss in the comments section. We'll see how the chatter goes and post some thoughts later on.

April 11, 2005

More Pitchfork festival details emerge

Last Thursday the Sun-Times revealed a handful of bands set to play the July 17-18 Intonation Festival curated by Pitchfork, and on Friday, Pitchfork itself revealed a half-dozen more acts.

For those keeping score at home, 10 of the bill's reported 24 acts have now been announced. They are Broken Social Scene, the Decemberists, Fiery Furnaces, Four Tet, the Go! Team, the M's, Magnolia Electric Co., AC Newman, and the Wrens, plus a DJ set by Will Oldham. Several of the acts still TBA are expected to be DJs.